Smokers need not apply

Some firms prefer not to hire smokers but the legality of doing so isn’t settled
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2013

The job ads state it clearly, in capital letters: “Non-smokers only, please.”

Whether it’s for an Arabic customer service representative or an intermediate net developer, candidates interested in jobs at Ottawa-based Momentous and its affiliates are asked not to smoke — anytime.

Since adopting the policy in 2000, the company has lowered its health-care benefit costs and employees are happier, according to Rob Hall, president of Momentous, an Internet ventures company devoted to initiatives such as web applications, software development and consumer marketing.